London, Apr 1(ANI): Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, who limped out of the Emirates on crutches, suffered a hairline fracture after a dangerous tackle from Barcelona defender Carles Puyol during their Champions League quarterfinal game on Wednesday.
Though Fabregas scored a penalty with his broken leg, which sealed a dramatic Arsenal fightback, it is feared that he will be out for the rest of the season and may miss this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa as well.
However, the 22-year-old said: "The team can definitely do it without me. Barcelona has lost big players like Puyol and Pique so I don't think it is the same without them."
"We will see but it will be tough and I think that we can make it. I think this is the best team I have faced in my life. Theo made such a difference, he created a lot of problems and I think he was the best player," The Sun quoted Fabregas, as saying.
Talking about the brave hit from the spot-kick before collapsing in agony, Fabregas said: "I took the penalty quite strong and after that I went to get the ball and then I couldn't walk any more."
"I knew in my mind I was not 100 per cent and I knew in my mind there was something there, but until the penalty I was feeling quiet good. It was a gamble worth taking, it was an amazing experience, an amazing game and I will remember it all my life," he added. (ANI)